January 23, 2009
figures fall 15 per cent in a year, says police chief
in Burnham-On-Sea has fallen 15 per cent during the last year,
residents were told at a packed meeting in the town on Thursday
evening (January 22nd) where local people were able to set police
priorities for the coming months.
Sergeant Ian Kennett, pictured right, told the 'Partners and Communities
Together' (PACT) meeting in the town council's chambers: "Targeting
key local issues is working, because overall crime for the Burnham
south area fell 15 per cent between July and December compared
to the previous year, while criminal damage is also down 43 per
50 residents attended the meeting, where they aired their views
about a wide range of local issues, including parking and speeding.
meeting decided that the key problems in the Burnham South area
which need adressing are speeding along Marine Drive and The Esplanade,
anti-social behaviour in the Jaycroft Road area, and inconsiderate
cycling in the town centre.
Burnham North, speeding along Berrow Road and nearby Ashtree Road,
door-to door cold calling, and parking on yellow lines will be
the focus of police.
PACT meetings, held every few months, give local people the chance
to have their say on matters affecting their neighbourhood, from
litter and noise, to street lighting and anti-social behaviour.
meeting was also held last
week for the villages surrounding Burnham - the next Burnham
PACT meeting will be held on April 23rd.
above alongside a whiteboard where residents were invited to scribble
down local issues are Sgt Ian Kennett, John Alexander of Burnham's
Rosewood Action Team, Chris Robertson of Burnham's Neighbourhood
Watch, and Jane Bailey of the district council's Community Safety